Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Just for Fun

Black or white?

French Reformed liturgical scholar Richard Paquier: "The Genevan gown, this anti-liturgical, secular vestment, which appears in the color of the shades of darkness, this clothing which is comparable to the sack cloth and ashes of mourning in the old covenant, is the negation of the right of the church to rejoice and be consoled in the presence of the heavenly Bridegroom. Perhaps for the synagogue, in its tribulation, to wear such a vestment would be the normal thing. But in modern Protestantism it is a depressing sign that we are not more aware of the nuptial joy of the Eucharist and that we do not believe in the victorious struggle Christ led against the world." (Dynamics of Worship: Foundations and Uses of Liturgy [Fortress Press, 1967], p. 142).

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Just for the record, Paquier's book is really, really good. If you can find a copy, buy it.

13 comments:

Lori Shaffer said...

Excellent and enlightening quote...no pun intended.

Michael R. Shipma said...

What style of robe is that? I'm doing some on-line searches.

Jeff Meyers said...

It's an alb. Go to autom.com and search for it.

Lori Shaffer said...

Say...where'd you get those great looking paraments? ;-) jk

This was taken just last Sunday, huh? The floral arrangement was absolutely gorgeous...perfect in every way. Do you know who did it? I have an inkling...each of the women has their own "style"...but I'm not 100% sure.

Gabe said...

Red during Ordinary Time? Por que? Was there an ordination or something?

Paul said...

With you all the way.

Let me be picky about one thing: What immediately strikes my eyes here is how incongruous those flimsy, ephemeral pieces of paper are in the context of your more glorious vestments. I'd vote for putting those in a little black hardback (note)book of some sort. Something that looks like a prayerbook. Not that it needs to be this impressive:

http://tinyurl.com/3du42l

But I think a little chabod is in order.

Garrett said...

gabe,

Last Sunday would have been All Saints Day, a day of scarlet paraments.

Garrett said...

Woops, as you were, that's this Sunday (Nov. 4)...yeah Jeff, what's up with scarlet?

Jeff Meyers said...

Red is always an alternate to Green for Pentecost/Trinity season. But this was Reformation Sunday, which is typically Red. Our green paraments need to be replaced. Lori did a great job with them, but they are more than 10 years old, I believe. Right?

I don't know who did the flowers.

Gabe said...

I had read somewhere the color for All Saints' Day was white, and should be on the Sunday following All Saints' Day (Nov 1) unless it falls on a Sunday.

Angie said...

Paul: I think perhaps your tinyurl got mixed up there. At least I'm having a hard time making a connection between that YouTube video and a nice black notebook.

RJS said...

I fully support the use of vestments but note:
1. Be careful not to invent meanings for wearing them.
2. Be careful not to fall into the trap of the Tractarians.

Richard said...

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I am not sure if the phrase makes sense but that was the best I could come up with :)